I’ve tried the gentle approach. I’ve tried my best assertive “It’s time for sleep now” voice. I’ve tried stroking his head gently and I’ve tried leaving him to cry for a bit. But for this three-year-old, sleep just isn’t coming and the crying won’t stop. I’m ready to strangle something. Anything will do. Rich is away and the voices in my head start to say “What if this is the beginning of him sleeping really badly? What if this is going to happen every time Rich is away? How will I cope if this happens every night? What will my plan of attack be?” Blah, blah, blah.
And before I know it I’ve projected one single incident into a pattern that I start to envision happening every time Rich is away. And I can feel the fear beginning to creep back into my heart.
In need of some momentary adult sanity I pop downstairs and talk to Pip, who’s staying with me, and I ask her to pray .She nods, and I return back upstairs thankful for the legendary Pip, and that she’s part of our family. Taking a deep breath, I start praying for this unsettled little heart to sleep. There’s a hush of silence as those chubby little fingers grip onto mine and it finally dawns on me to ask our Friend, our Helper, our Companion – the Holy Spirit – to help. And in the quiet I can hear a whisper straight to my heart “don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.”
Each day is a new day. There’s grace for each day. There’s enough grace for today.There’s enough patience, love and energy to look after this three-year old today. I don’t need to worry about tomorrow. I just need to ask for today.
“don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
There’s a reason Jesus tells us to pray each day “give us today our daily bread”. When we come to our Father each and every day to ask him for our daily bread we’re acknowledging on a daily basis that we need His help. We’re admitting our dependency today rather than trying to control what’s ahead. As we ask for our daily bread we’re focussing on today, not on tomorrow’s worries. When fear rises we’re asking Him for the things that we need, and choosing to trust that He’ll provide. For that day. Day-by-day-by-day dependency. Daily bread is so much more than our physical need for food. It’s not just the material things. It’s for all our physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
As we ask for daily bread we’re saying things like:
Today, give me your peace for the things I’m worried about
Today, give me your patience with my children
Today, give me your authority in the role you’ve called me to be in
Today, give me your hope for the future
Today, give me your grace in the relationship I find difficult
Today, give me your strength in the job I find exhausting
Today, give me your wisdom for the decisions I need to make
Like children completely dependent on their father, we come before our Father in heaven knowing that He wants to give good things to His kids.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation.
but deliver us from the evil one